It’s Party Time! Sharing Holiday Joy through Family Recipes

| 12/1/2011 10:57:10 PM

Suzanne HeadshotOctober through December is such a busy time for us. We are very lucky to have a large family. Between our nephews, siblings, and children we have 4 birthdays in October, 1 in November, and then Thanksgiving and Christmas to celebrate. It seems like I spend the majority of my time these months in the kitchen. Lucky for me, I love to cook!

If there is one thing our family knows how to do, and do well, it is eat! Food certainly brings everyone together, and there is always plenty of it when our family celebrates. Meats, casseroles, veggies, desserts, you name it. Each woman in our immediate family is known for at least one great dish. So in the spirit of the holiday season, I’d like to share some of these treasures with you.

Regardless of the time of year or event, I guarantee there will be a broccoli casserole present! Andrew’s mother gave me the recipe after we got married. The first time my sister tried it she was hooked as well! So both sides of our family now enjoy this recipe together.

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole 

12 oz. bag of frozen broccoli
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
8 oz. cheese whiz (or store brand cheese sauce)
1 stick of melted butter
1 cup of chopped onion
1 ½ cup minute rice
½ teaspoon each salt, pepper

Follow directions for cooking broccoli. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine all ingredients in 9x13 baking dish. Mix well. Bake for 45 minutes.

Suzanne Cox
12/5/2011 9:57:16 PM

Dave, I am very thankful for our large family and all of the memories that our children are building with them. My family relocated to TN when I was very young, leaving all of our extended family behind in NC. For years it was just me and my parents, until my sisters surprise arrival 13 years ago. Now with her and our children, holidays on my side are much more noisy, and fun! Andrews whole family is local including 2 sisters and 4 nephews. So we stay busy on the holidays! Hopefully you will be able to build more family holiday memories with your daughter and grandson. Good luck in the kitchen!

Nebraska Dave
12/2/2011 7:52:12 PM

Suzanne, your family sure does like to cook. My Mom liked to cook the big meals and have folks over. I have always missed that since I left home and lived far away. Then when I returned to city that could be driven there for the dinner and back home in a day, Dad and her up and move some 1200 miles away. Go figure. I do have some good Thanksgiving day memories. I am just not good in the kitchen. I mean you can live on it but it isn't something that you would rave too much about. My daughter and grandson would like to re ignite those Holiday dinners for sure so I'll have to haul out the recipes and start building some more family traditions. If it was up to me, I'd have barbecued ribs, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes but I'm thinking that just won't fly for a holiday dinner. May you and your family have many more holiday dinners for years to come.

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